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meandering and delicious
- ted baer
Almost every person on the screen is larger than life: Mitchum, Russell, Price and Burr. There is not an ounce of restraint between them. For such a collection of scene-grabbers the story better be dramatic, just shy of melodrama. And it is. The tale meanders, with highs and lows, action and intense dialogue, cross and double-cross. Best of all for such wild goings on, it is generously leavened with humor (Russell and Price.) Enjoy this film for what it is -- it seems the actors did -- and don't deplore what it is not: smooth, coherent, tight or plausible. Enjoy it, like eating jam right from the jar, sticky delicious, a bit much, but a lot of pleasure while you are doing it.
This movie is bad at all levels: casting, acting, directing, writing, pacing. It just gets worse and worse. Unbelievably bad!
- James Smith
Mitchum and Russell: a great pairing, both big hard people but very attractive; some corny dialogue, yes, but Price makes it fun; Burr almost always a good evilian. Good to see Marjorie Reynolds of Holiday Inn fame.
- David Patterson
This film started well, with Raymond Burr, in Italy, playing a Mafia leader, trying to get back to America. We are not told what Mitchum is up to, but because we take notice that his physical description matches Burr's characater, we figure out the "switcheroo" scenario. The setting goes to Mexico and we are basically stuck at this location for the rest of the film, other than the boat anchored offshore. The hotel shows well on film and there is an assortment of interesting characters. The Vincent Price character gradually becomes the hero, but he is so over-the-top that he becomes a rediculous figure. When he first appeared in his hunting garb I knew it was trouble ahead. His performance as a ship's captain on the way to the yacht, in the small boat was outrageous and beyond believability. That scene belonged in an Abbott and Costello movie. I'd have to say this potentially good film, imploded!
It's a shame that Mitchum and Russell never made more movies together. They would have been a fabulous team. Rated along with the best like Ladd and Lake, Hayworth and Ford, Fred and Ginger, Bogart and Bacall. Hughes had the right idea but unfortunatley it never came to be.
Great Movie, a must see.
Double feature with Macao,also Mitchum-Russell